Match Thread: Man Utd v Wolves FA Cup 3rd Round replay
By Ivybridge Wolf January 14 2020
We travel up the M6 to play Manchester United on Wednesday 15th January in this 3rd round replay - a journey that will be made once more for the league fixture on 1st February. After a fairly drab 0-0 3rd round fixture at Molineux earlier in the month (brightened up somewhat by the pre-match Stairway to Heaven light show), all eyes will be on both managers to see who they will select in their respective sides. Wolves probably edged that match with an excellent save by Romero the key point where the score remained goaless .... and a handball goal that Doc should have put away ...... as well as a deflected Rashford shot hitting the bar ....... but other than that it was pretty drab!
The FA Cup gave us all a massive thrill last year. With our dreams dashed from what appeared to be an unbeatable postion in 'that' semi final, Wolves look to go again. This competition deserves a great deal more respect than it often gets and 2019 just showed what a cup run can do for club, players and Wolves fans alike. Much has been said about the number of matches teams play, however I don't see the clamour of clubs arguing that extensive (lucrative) pre-season friendlies in far off lands are re-evaluated or that the erroneous newly imposed '1 week February Premier League break' is expunged before it starts. Those would both be good solutions in my view, instead the FA Cup appears to get the raw end of managers thoughts, disrespect and rath. Whether we win or lose against Manchester United, my view won't change and I firmly believe the FA Cup winner ought to get the 4th spot in the champions league.
So what of team selection? Wolves seem to be at a bit of a loose end at the moment, exemplified by the team and bench picked for the Newcastle match at the weekend. Certainly the starting eleven in that match are capable of winning any match, however on the day they couldn't break down a stubborn Toon side - with little on the bench to suggest changing our fortunes. Will Benny Ashley-Seal get another go as centre forward, as he did in the 3rd round tie at Molineux? He generated one fine run before becoming rather anonymous and was easily dispossessed. Not to be too harsh however, he's young and I wonder if he was ready for that particular challenge - on top of which there have been reports he was unwell (so why play?).
The Manchester United selection should prove interesting too. Many second string got into the team at Molineux which resulted in no shots on goal (as reported - though I have no idea how the stats men rated Rashfords deflected shot off target!) and I very much doubt they will play as bad twice? Old Trafford will surely demand better.
Final word goes to the price of tickets for this match. Wolves supporters were asked to pay £46-55 for this match wheras the league fixture will cost no more than £30. This, frankly, is a rip off and quite ridiculous. As a result many wolves fans are voting with their feet and the initial allocation reflected this. Come on FA - do something about it!
Whatever you're doing during the match, watching or listening, let's hope the lads put on a great performance (a little absent since the Liverpool match) and hopefully put us on the path for another fantastic cup run.
As always, feel free to add your comments to this thread as the match progresses
Match Thread: Man Utd v Wolves FA Cup 3rd Round replay
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Date: 14/01/2020 12:56
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2020:02:18:17:02:00 by Cheshire wolf.
I never got to go to Old Trafford. But I Am here now, courtesy of actually being able to get a ticket (thank you to the greedy B’s who decided on prices) and getting a cheap overnight flight fromTexas. First time in the flesh since Shrewsbury . Glad to take what I can get 😀.
My taxi driver from the airport was a longtime City fan. Funny guy; was full of praise for Nuno and the gang. He made the comment that years ago he thought he would die happy if City ever won the Premier and now after four wins (and way short of the top) they are as sad as when they were in the doldrums at Maine Rd under Frankie Lea all those years ago.
Funny old world
Have a great night Chicago. I’ve been to OT 4 times, the first about 37/8 years ago and twice since the total revamp. I’ll be really interested to see what you think of the place and atmosphere, as well as the match. Amazing you have been the recipient of the pricing structure - good luck to you. Less than 2 hours to kick off!
Of course, we still do not know who the winners of this fixture will play as the Tranmere v Watford fixture was postponed last night - would appear Prenton Park is in a bit of a state. This situation has now caused an acute fixture build up for Watford, so would imagine Tranmere won’t ever get a better chance. Incentive indeed for us tonight, I hope.
I agree with Ivy in as much as I wish the FA Cup was shown more respect and that the winner should go into the Champions League, better to qualify by winning something than finishing in 4th place. I don't know but I expect UEFA decide who qualifies.
We all know Nuno will make changes but I hope not too many and that we go with a strong side.
Enjoy the match Chicago.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2020:01:15:18:25:17 by Andy Fincher.
Perfectly good goal disallowed with VAR, enjoy the rest of the season gentlemen, I won't in principle watch another game till VAR is removed as enough is enough for me. There's no pleasure in watching it anymore.
Wow. Another VAR decision goes against Wolves. A rebound onto Jimenez’s arm set up a brilliant goal fro us after a dreadful Man Utd defensive cock up led to a Neto goal. Totally accidental and unintentional hand ball defeats us again
After those farcical VAR decisions in matches over Christmas I haven't watched a match unless Wolves have been playing.
There's still a dwindling band or strange people who think it's a good idea but the majority, thankfully, seem to be turning against it. Even that jug-eared @#$%& Gary Lineker thinks it should be dumped and he was all for it. According to Declan Rice even the players don't want it. In the name of all things holy, surely at the end of the season it's got to go (wishful thinking I know).
Sad result but we did not do enough.
Loved being among the fans chanting “ is this a library?” (I thought Man City was the place devoid of atmosphere) and as the United ‘supporters’ drifted away “was there a Fire Drill?”.
Var rules the day once again folks! It's getting a bit like ground hog day and I'm now totally sick of it like most fans across the country. Wolves certainly are not getting the rub of the green with it are they. Is that now 14 from 15 var decisions going against us? You couldn't make it up! Thought we played ok till the var joke again and that seemed to knock the stuffing out of the team because they must of thought here we go again! Poor 2nd half we never got going and you can see how much we miss jota. We need 2 or 3 quality players bringing in now or the season could drift away which will be a shame. Come on fosun give nuno the help he needs and deserves!
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